Adobe have today released the final versions of Lightroom 5.4 and Camera Raw 8.4. Both have a bunch of bug fixes, but more importantly they also include new features. I had discussed the new features included in Camera Raw when a preview version was released back on 21 February.
The goal of Lightroom 5.4 is to provide support for Lightroom mobile, which I will discuss separately, additional camera raw support, lens profile support and address bugs that were introduced in previous releases of Lightroom.
New Camera Support in Lightroom 5.4
- Canon EOS 1200D (REBEL T5, KISS X70)
- Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II (*)
- Casio EX-100
- DJI Phantom
- Fujifilm X-T1
- Hasselblad H5D-50c
- Hasselblad HV
- Nikon 1 V3 (*)
- Nikon COOLPIX P340
- Nikon D3300
- Nikon D4S
- Olympus OM-D E-M10 (*)
- Panasonic LUMIX DMC-ZS40 (DMC-TZ60, DMC-TZ61)
- Phase One IQ250
- Samsung NX mini (*)
- Samsung NX30
- Sony Alpha a5000 (ILCE-5000)
- Sony Alpha a6000 (ILCE-6000)
Bugs Corrected in Lightroom 5.4
- When switching to the Book module with images selected, a ‘Gathering Photos’ message would appear and stay persistent.
- On Mac Lightroom activity, such as an export, did not prevent the computer from sleeping.
- In the Develop Module, the ‘Settings > Crop as Shot’ menu item did not properly reset orientation.
- In the Develop Module and when applying Grain, occasionally vertical artifacts would appear along the bottom edge of a photo.
- In the Develop Module, there is a slight delay before the Histrogram is available for adjustments.
- Lens profile corrections for the iPhone 5 would not be selected when using the ‘Auto’ Lens profile correction feature in the Develop module.
- In the Develop Module, Scrubby Adjustments on Adjustment Brush Pins did not work as expected.
- Syncing of spot removals was not consistent from image to image.
- Exporting a scaled image to PSD would sometimes cause the watermark to be displayed incorrectly.
- When Don’t Enlarge is on in Export, image was not resized, even when making image smaller.
- Sharpening/Noise Reduction were applied inconsistently depending on crop and export image size.
- Luminance of exported file differed noticeably after crop.
- When adding keywords on Import, Import begins at once when keywords entered with ‘enter’ key <Win only>
- In the Import dialogue, Loupe view occasionally did not work.
- When using the “Edit in Photoshop” feature in Lightroom, the Smart Object filter mask was sometimes not previewed correctly within Lightroom.
- When creating a new Collection inside of a Collection set, the default option for Location was the parent of the selected collection set and not the selected collection set.
- Upload via publish does not prevent computer from sleeping, and upload fails if computer sleeps.
- When playing a slideshow comprising TIF or JPEG images, occasionally the slideshow would appear pixelated.
- The color profile of a photo was incorrect when playing slideshow in full screen mode.
- When using a video export preset, develop settings were not applied to all images.
- Smart preview indicator under Develop histogram displayed the wrong number when multiple photos were selected.
Camera Raw 8.4
As with other versions of Camera Raw within the 8.x release Photoshop CS6 is supported. However, the new features summarised below are limited to Photoshop CC.
Camera Raw 8.4 is now available as a final release for Photoshop CS6 and Photoshop CC. This release provides new features including new preview controls, red eye correction for pets and updates to Local Corrections. In addition, this release also includes bug fixes, support for new cameras and new lenses. Camera Raw 8 for Photoshop CS6 only include new camera support, lens profile support, and bug fixes. The new features listed in the release notes are only available in Photoshop CC.
Updates to the Preview Controls. The main idea is a simple “Before/After” set of image settings. Details:
- The Preview checkbox has been replaced by three buttons in the bottom-right of the ACR main dialog. From left to right, they are:
- Mode: Click this button to cycle through left/right and top/bottom side-by-side and split view modes. Click-and-hold this button to bring up a popup menu for directly choosing Preview modes and accessing the Preview Preferences. Keyboard shortcut: Press Q to cycle through the Preview modes.
- Swap: Click this button to swap Before/After settings. Keyboard shortcut: Press P to swap Before/After settings for the primary selected image only; press Shift-P to swap Before/After settings for all selected images.
- Copy: Click this button to copy the After settings to the Before settings. This is useful for establishing a temporary “checkpoint” for your image editing session. Keyboard shortcut: Press Option-P to copy After settings to the Before settings for the primary selected image only. Press Shift-Option-P to copy After settings to the Before settings for all selected images.
- The After preview image always reflects the current slider and tool settings (White Balance, Exposure, etc.).
- The standard single-image view always shows the After state.
- In the side-by-side and split-view modes, the Before settings are always shown on the left or top, and the After settings are always shown on the right or bottom.
- The Preview Preferences dialog supports customizing the Preview modes used for cycling and some drawing options.
- When using any tool other than Zoom and Pan (hand) in a side-by-side or split view, changes are only allowed on the After view. Using the Crop tool will put you back into the standard single-image mode.
- Zooming and panning on one view will automatically zoom and pan the other.
- Pet Eye correction: The Red Eye tool can now correct bright pupils in animals. Details:
- Select ‘Pet Eye’ from the new drop down menu in the Red Eye tool to fix pet eyes.
- Add catchlights to Pet Eye corrections using the ‘Add Catchlight’ checkbox (enabled by default).
- Reposition catchlights to create a more natural look by dragging within the overlay that surrounds the catchlight.
Changes to Local Corrections:
- Added a mechanism to quickly reset all local correction sliders (Temperature,
- Exposure, etc.) to zero: right-click on a local adjustment pin and choose “Reset
- Local Correction Settings” from the context menu. Another way is to click on a local adjustment pin, and then choose “Reset Local Correction Settings” from the flyout menu.
- Added “Fill Image” to context menu for Radial Filter. Right-click on a radial filter adjustment pin and choose “Fill Image” from the context menu to resize the radial filter to cover the image area. (Shortcut: double-click inside the ellipse overlay for a radial filter adjustment to accomplish the same task.)
- Added “Check All” and “Check None” buttons to Synchronize, New Preset, Save
- Settings, and Copy/Paste (Bridge) dialog boxes. These are shortcuts for checking all/none of the check boxes.
- Added keyboard shortcut: When using the Crop Tool or Straighten Tool, press the X key to flip the crop aspect ratio (landscape to portrait, portrait to landscape).
- Added explanatory note to Lens Correction “Profile” panel to indicate when builtin (metadata-based) lens profiles are automatically applied to the image.
- Added context menu to Histogram pane. The context menu can be used to enable Lab color readouts, even when the Workflow Options are set to another color space (such as Adobe RGB). The context menu and also be used to toggle the shadow, highlight, and gamut clipping warnings.
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